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Sen. Christopher Murphy’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Connecticut
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Murphy’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Murphy’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 26: American Jobs Matter Act of ...; S. 329: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...; S. 811: Supportive School Climate Act of ...; S. 985: United States Coast Guard Commemorative ...; S. 1072: Supreme Court Ethics Act of ...; S. 1355: College Affordability and Innovation Act ...; S. 1600: Judicial Redress Act of 2015; S. 1775: World War II Merchant Mariner ...; S. 2098: Students Before Profits Act of ...; S. 2105: Billy’s Law; S. 2167: 21st Century Buy American Act; S.Res. 29: A resolution condemning the terrorist ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Murphy introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 329: Lower Farmington River and Salmon ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th bottom/follower compared to Senate Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murphy tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 18% of Murphy’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got the 10th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murphy’s bills and resolutions had 75 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Murphy introduced 22 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (25th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Ranked 21st most liberal compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Murphy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 25th most bills compared to All Senators

Murphy cosponsored 204 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Murphy missed 0.6% of votes (2 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Murphy introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Murphy’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 514: Promise Neighborhoods Authorization Act of ...; S. 516: Every Child Counts Act; S. 811: Supportive School Climate Act of ...; S. 1775: World War II Merchant Mariner ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Murphy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Murphy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 204 bills that Murphy cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Murphy supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Murphy 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Murphy cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.